Which call to buy? First, understand that most of the sound quality comes from the insert. The barrel material, in my opinion, is not as important. Although it does have some affect on the sound. For the insert, I only use “cast acrylic”. It seems to give the truest and cleanest sound. For the barrel, I just use a very dense material of your liking. Stabilized and dyed wood is one of the most expensive but, acrylic and a dense hardwood like cocobola and bocote is also ideal.
The call to buy! Butte Creek Custom Calls
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My name is Greg Castagnoli and I am a duck hunter. The following is a little bit about me and my philosophy on duck calls. I have hunted the Grasslands in the Central Valley of California for almost fifty years. Sometimes, I just visit the marshes to listen to the different sounds of the hen mallard and other ducks.
I mention this because it is important to understand that all hen mallards do not sound a like. Some are higher pitched, some are lower pitched, and some have more rasp/hoarseness to their voice than others. Just like ducks, duck calls don't all sound alike nor do they have to. But, they do have to sound like a duck. Also, some calls do a better job at this than others. Just like some materials are better suited at reproducing the duck sound than others.
However, the most important factor is that you must learn how to call. Not only must you learn how to call, but you must learn your call. By this I mean how your call responds to a change in pressure and this may very well be different than another calls response. That is why I find it difficult to switch calls in a hurry when a group of ducks are working, this is sometimes known as a “finishing” call. When you have learned to control the pressure and the transitioning of pressures, then you have learned to control your call. The only way to do this is practice, practice, and more practice. If
you are not willing to practice then go and hunt with someone who knows how to call, otherwise you won't get many ducks.
Your call will sound different in the marsh than in your living room, but similar. So, when you are out hunting and you are sure you don't like the way it sounds and time and time again the ducks don’t pay you any attention then put it away. When you are sure it’s the call, and not your calling then switch to a new call or if you don’t have one, buy a new one. Notice, I didn’t say another call because I don’t want you to go and buy another and another and another call like I did.
So, take my advice and save some money by spending a little more the first time around. Do a little research; you don’t need to buy a high dollar call, but try to get a custom call. These calls are individually made and tuned and when the call doesn’t sound right the maker throws it away. There are plenty of custom calls out there that sell in the neighborhood of less than one hundred dollars. If you can’t afford this then asks your friends and family to give you a little cash as a holiday and/or birthday gift, and when you combine the amount you can get a call that will last you a lifetime with proper care.
Which call to buy? Single reed or double reed? I don’t make a double reed simply because I think the second reed just “muddies” the sound. So it is not true and clean as I would like it. A duck doesn’t have two tongues or voice boxes so why should a duck call have two reeds?
Which call to buy? My calls are single reed, have acrylic inserts and barrels of acrylic or dense hardwood. They are individually made and tuned and if ordered during the duck season or just before, I will field test it for you if desired. All for under a hundred dollars. Of course specialty woods that are stabilized may cost a bit more.